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Trump's retweets puts Muslims' safety 'at risk': CAIR

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 01:30

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump's retweeting of anti-Islam videos originally posted by a leader of a far-right British fringe party, who was convicted earlier this month of abusing a Muslim woman. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump's retweeting of anti-Islam videos originally posted by a leader of a far-right British fringe party who was convicted earlier this month of abusing a Muslim woman. "President Trump's actions are putting the lives and safety of American Muslim children and families at risk," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. The White House defended Trump's retweeting of the videos, as criticism poured in from U.S.-based Muslim advocacy groups and the Anti-Defamation League. Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the anti-immigration Britain First group, posted the videos which she said showed a group of people who were Muslims beating a teenage boy to death, battering a boy on crutches and destroying a Christian statue. Trump's decision to retweet the videos prompted criticism from both sides of the Atlantic, with some British lawmakers demanding an apology and U.S. Muslim groups saying it was incendiary and reckless. Reuters was unable to immediately verify the videos and Fransen herself said they had come from various online sources which had been posted on her social media pages. The White House repeatedly refused to be drawn into the content of the videos or whether Trump was aware of the source of the tweets, instead saying he was raising issues concerning the security of Americans.

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Trump's retweets puts Muslims' safety 'at risk': CAIR

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 01:30